Fierce, watchful, unfolding her arguments with clear-eyed logic and political acuity, Hewitt poses questions of the utmost importance: what use is hope? Should we keep our passions to ourselves or use them to change the world around us? This is an outstanding work of historical scholarship, magnificent in its scope yet subtle and intimate enough to register the uncertain human pulses beneath the roar of revolution
Remarkably ambitious... An exhilarating journey through the 1790s, a decade that tends to be pictured in the cartoon colours of Gillray or Rowlandson as a knock-about farce of addlepated utopians and iron-fisted repressives. What Hewitt gives us instead are ordinary men and women, sometimes silly, sometimes cruel, but mostly just trying to bring their inner and outer lives into some sort of alignment
Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
[A] vivid and convincing new interpretation of the revolutionary decade
Marisa Linton, BBC History
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